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Paediatrics - Stepping Hill Hospital

Contact Information

  • Paediatric Assessment unit – 0161 419 2159
  • Acorn ward – 0161 419 2157
  • Brambles ward – 0161 419 2155
  • Rainforest (surgical) ward – 0161 419 2158
  • Mulberry (day case) ward – 0161 419 2153
  • Children`s Outpatient Department – 0161 419 2000

The Treehouse Childen’s unit is open 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. The paediatric assessment unit opens for 12 hours per day.

Visiting times

Our paediatric department is open 24 hours a day for visiting parents and should be arranged with the nurse in charge. Other visitors are asked to leave by 8pm every evening.

About Our Service

Welcome to the paediatric service is based at the Tree House children`s unit at Stepping Hill Hospital. We offer a community and acute service to all children between birth and 16 years old (18 years if still under the care of a paediatrician).


We offer 24 hour hospital based care to sick children who need assessment or admission for either unplanned illness or for planned surgery or investigations.

Our wards are based at the Tree House children’s unit  are built with facilities for children from birth up to adolescence.

If you are sent into the Tree House children’s unit by your GP or midwife, you will be seen on the paediatric assessment unit first where they will assess and observe your child before deciding what the next steps are. Many children are discharged home from assessment with advice and follow up.

We have a community children’s nursing team who link to our wards and will visit children at home when they are unwell or need treatment.

Our community nursing service includes a continuing care team who will care for children with long term disabilities in their home or at school. This team is based at Swanbourne Gardens in Edgeley where we also offer respite/short breaks to children with physical and learning disabilities.

We have a very experienced team of paediatricians, nurse specialists and therapists who support our team of children’s nurses and support workers on the wards and in the community. 

Find out more about our Children`s Community Nursing Team here.

Virtual Ward

The virtual ward is for children who have been seen by their GP and assessed as being unwell, but may not need any in-patient treatment. Our aim is to get your little one back to feeling better as soon as possible in the best place possible.

Children with conditions such as diarrhoea and vomiting, bronchiolitis, breathing problems or high temperature can enter the virtual ward.

Your GP will contact the ward and discuss the concerns, if agreed you will then have access to the paediatric assessment area for 24 hours. This would be if home treatment was not working. After 24 hours you will need to speak to your GP again.

If you think you child is becoming more unwell please ring the ward on 0161 419 2159 before heading to the hospital.

If your child is very unwell, unresponsive or develops a non-blanching rash please attend the emergency department or call 999 immediately.

Please visit our app by downloading Healthzone UK’ and entering Stockport when prompted.  Please see the ‘unwell’ section of the app for more helpful advice.

Our Expertise

Our paediatricians are all highly experienced and specialise in treating children and young people  as well as having sub specialties such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, allergies and other more specialised conditions.

Our qualified nursing team are all paediatrically trained and are supported by a small team of support workers who also receive special training in looking after children and young people.

We provide a seven day a week hospital play team who will support children and families in hospital with play and entertainment. They also specialise in helping children overcome hospital phobias and deal with procedures and investigations.

See our charity fundraising video, featuring patients from our Tree House children`s unit.

How to Use the Service

Before your visit

Please bring with you anything that comforts your child including what they would usually sleep with, favourite toys and teddies and books. Please bring in any normal medication or special feeds/diet if you are likely to be admitted. If you have a red book, please bring that too.

During your visit

We welcome one parent/guardian to stay with your child and will provide a bed by the side of your child for overnight. We have a large play room and a school room and will encourage your child to spend time in these areas if they are well enough. If they are not able to get out of bed we will bring them play and entertainment to their bedside.

After your visit

You will be given a discharge letter with details of any follow up appointments. If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to call us to clarify. If you have been referred to the community children’s nursing team for follow up, they will be in touch to arrange the next steps.

© Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 2024. Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE. 0161 483 1010